One of the most important things to have while in the back country, is the ability to make fire. Fire is a multifaceted element and could be crucial in the event of a survival situation. For obvious reasons, it has the ability to keep you warm. Other reasons include the ability to sterilize water, dry wet clothes, and cook food, among others. Whether I am out on an easy hike with the dogs, on a mountain bike ride, or cruising around on the four wheeler, one rule and habit that I have developed, is to have a very minimum of one method to start a fire...no matter what the season. Even in the summer, temperatures here in the high desert can fluctuate as much as 50 degrees. Although I have several different 'fire kits', this one is the largest and most complete and it stays in the car. Easily thrown into any pack or bag in the event that I don't have any other methods with me.
|Wax coated jute twine. I made these myself. |
See how to make these from my prior blog post:
"LIGHT YOUR STRING ON FIRE - HOW TO MAKE WATERPROOF FIRE TINDER"
|A firestarter I found in the store made of a wax and sawdust mixture. They are packaged in slender tube shapes and can be easily broken off.|
|Petroleum jelly infused cotton facial pads kept in a small Ziplock bag. These are fantastic, easily lit fire starting tinder, and will burn more slowly than just the cotton.|
|"Strike Anywhere" matches with a small piece of fine sandpaper duct taped to the lid of a simple plastic container.|
|The foil 'cave'|
|Everything shown above fits into this cheap Dollar Store |
zippered neoprene bag.
It measures about 6" x 3" x 1" and has held up surprisingly well.
Fire is an extremely powerful element. No matter the season, there is always a risk of some sort with fire. Please give it the utmost respect and caution when using it. And as always...be respectful of nature and its surroundings.
"Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it." --Michelle K.